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Dive Review of Truk Stop/Truk Stop Hotel in
Micronesia/Truk

Truk Stop/Truk Stop Hotel, Jul, 2007,

by James Knieling, NV, USA . Report 3577.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Bikini Atoll, Lake Mead Nevada, Curacao, Aruba, Cozumel, Bequa Isl. Fiji, Moorea Tahiti
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 10 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We went to the bottom of the lagoon with rigid time constraints to avoid getting bent. You could dive your computer, but every one followed the boats out of the water constraints. They were liberal as much as possible in this deep environment.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a basic operation. Friendly, courteous, helpful and open to divers who want doubles and nitrox. I recommend them over their competition for diving since their other end of the island operator's boatman nearly got me drowned. The room is basic, but oh the a/c is great. No outside TV, but it has a vcr & tv. I don't recommend the Sunday Buffet. This is a really poor island which makes most of the Caribbean look rich.

The San Francisco Maru is a great dive at 180' with 3-tanks pointing their guns up like they are ready to fire. The Fujikawa Maru is INCREDIBLE a must see for coral & small fish lovers! The best corals & schools of fish I have ever seen in one place. It is a shallow second dive.

I was incredibly lucky and hit the best weather day in six months with vis of 200 feet.

My last day with their competition on a tanker was rotten. Vis of 10 feet and bad current. I was a single and stuck being last off the boat. Everyone had gone down when I was allowed to go. I could not see anything so I headed down 100-feet to the bottom.

I got caught in the current and missed the boat. I surfaced behind the boat and kept signaling with my whistle & 9' New Zealand Sausage for the boat to pick me up as I floated farther & farther away. For 15 minutes I struggled without a snorkel not to use up my air, because I wanted to finish this dive.

I kept having leg cramps from my torn knee & hamstring which I had operated on when I returned home. I could not get a last minute refund of my trip. -Take out early accident trip ins! He finally picked me up and I jumped in and went down to the wreck. It has very nice corals & small fish.
Bottom Line: Truk is well worth diving. I recommend diving Truk Stop using a double setup which they rented me for their deep dives. It is worth a week in Palua & Truk.
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